Bruschetta with Fava Bean and Pea Puree

I’m excited to share this recipe with you because to us, this is uncharted territory. I’ve NEVER seen, tasted or cooked with fava beans…but we decided that it was time to give them a shot.

Once shelled and peeled, fava beans resemble edamame, except that they taste kind of bitter when raw. They come in large pods and within each pod is a bean that is in a shell. The pod itself is very strange because it is lined with a sort of white, sticky foam. Kara and I were both very skeptical when we started shelling the fava beans. I read that you don’t need to shell the fava beans but we did anyway because the skin was pretty thick and waxy. The shelling process was tedious but the final product, our Fava Bean and Pea Puree, was surprisingly tasty.

The color was a vibrant green and once seasoned, the puree was quite good. It is a nice springtime appetizer and I think it pairs well with a glass of white wine. I felt like I was eating something very earthy and, minus the bread and cheese, healthy. We love bruschetta, and trying out new ingredients is always good. This was definitely a different and creative type of bruschetta, but now it will be a springtime recipe we make again.

Here's what you'll need

Cut the bread into thin slices, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with parmesan cheese

Shell and peel the fava beans...this part was a bit tedious

In a large pot heat oil and garlic, just until fragrent

Add the fava beans and frozen peas

Add cheese, lemon juice and lemon zest

Turn off the heat and use an immersion blender to puree. Slowly drizzle in more olive oil as needed

To the toasted breads add the pea pesto, a piece of fresh mozzarella and a piece of mint. Then drizzle lightly with olive oil

A fun and different appetizer that will wow your guests!


  1. says

    this is perfect! I have been interested in favas lately, and have never cooked with them either! sitting here multitasking at the doctors office, I’m googling favas and found you!

    this sounds delicious and your photos are stunning! so happy I found you!

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